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Maybe you remember seeing a tiny snippet of our painted fireplace when I shared how I put together a corner of our family room a couple of months ago.  The fireplace was waiting for me to complete one more portion of the makeover and finally, at long last, it’s ready for its reveal!

 

Amazing transformation of a red brick and oak wood surround

 

As with many of the projects around here, we get almost finished and then everything grinds to a halt waiting for some small thing to be completed.  In this case, it was my fault. The fireplace painting was completed months ago, but it took me forever to get around to painting the brass screen with high temp black spray paint.

 

Before we go any further, let me show you what we started with.  This photo was taken before all of the demo had been completed and before we actually moved into the house.

 

 

Here’s the same view today.  This is what greets you when you enter our home through the front door and then through the foyer.  Not only did we paint the fireplace, we also enlarged the opening into the kitchen from the family room and got rid of the rest of the brown trim in the room by painting it white.

 

Amazing makeover of a date red brick and oak wood surround fireplace

 

Our family room has a peaked ceiling so I needed something large on the wall above the fireplace.  I have a love/don’t like relationship with the triangular shaped windows that are up near the ceiling.  I love the light that they let into the room, but I don’t like the shape of them.

 

 

Amazing transformation of a dated red brick and oak wood surround fireplace

 

Because of the tall ceiling in this room, I needed something large to hang on the wall above the fireplace.  This architectural piece from Kirkland’s is exactly what I envisioned.  It already had a slightly distressed finish, but it wasn’t quite the color that I wanted, so I dry brushed some gray and white paint all over it and wiped some of the paint off while it was still wet.  I’m very happy with how it turned out.

 

Amazing transformation of a dated red brick and oak wood surround fireplace

 

The wreath was made by attaching three faux greenery garlands to a grapevine wreath and is attached to the “gate” with floral wire.  I’m looking forward to changing it out with the holidays and seasons.  This look will carry me straight through the rest of the summer.

 

The mantel called for large decorative pieces too.  The lantern and large white urn came from HomeGoods, the metal orb came from Target and the large H is just a cardboard letter from Hobby Lobby.  I didn’t bother to paint it as I like the color of it just as it is.

 

Down on the hearth, I kept it simple with a ginormous spikey ball from West Elm and a blue urn and basket from HomeGoods.  Add a starfish to the display and you have instant summer!

 

Amazing transformation of a dated red brick and oak wood surround fireplace

 

You can’t really tell it in these photos, but we painted the inside of the fireplace black too – using high temp paint, of course.  It’s makes such a huge difference!

 

Amazing transformation of a dated red brick and oak wood surround fireplace

 

This is the view walking into the family room from the kitchen.  In case you’re wondering what that is hanging on the door frame above the chair, it’s a pair of curtains that I think I’m going to use in here.  Update:  Check out my budget friendly window treatment solution HERE.

 

 

Amazing transformation of a dated red brick and oak wood surround fireplace

 

Amazing transformation of a dated red brick and oak wood surround fireplace

 

I’m really, really happy with how the fireplace makeover turned out and I’m really, really happy that I have one more project crossed off of my list!

 

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Amazing transformation of a dated red brick and oak wood surround fireplace 

Want to see more of our family room?  

 

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Family room gallery wall above a sofa

 

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